A week ago, New Zealand Lydia Ko stood on a podium with Nelly Korda and Mone Inami, received the second Olympic medal of her career at the Kasumigaseki Country Club. The bronze medal she deserves is another relic added to the ever growing collection of accomplishments the 24 year olds have made in their golf careers. Ko dedicated the victory to her country and her grandmother, who sadly passed away before the event, and gave the bronze to her sister Sura to take with her to the United States. The major champion went straight from Tokyo to the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open and started the first day of competition at 70 in the first round to finish in 35th place.
“I hit the ball really well. My ball hit was really good. I think I had 35 or 34 putts. I haven’t really done anything that I could have. It was a very stress-free 2-under and I would have the feeling that I could have shot a lot deeper considering that it was so quiet for most of our lap, ”said Ko. “Hopefully I can keep the same good feeling for the long game and pocket a few more over the next few days.”
Ko is playing at her fourth Women’s Scottish Open, where she had her best result in 2020 (T12). She’s never got under 67, but said she loves the opportunity to be back on the links, especially ahead of the final big championship of the season next week.
“I love to play links golf. You have to hit different types of shots and be very creative. It’s fun and I think this course is really good preparation for Carnoustie, ”said Ko. “It’s actually very mature considering it’s only been open for 18 months or so. Yes, you might think it’s been around for a long time. I think the golf course is great. It’s a unique setup and I think especially when the wind is pretty light I think it can be wholesome.
“So you just have to play smart, but I know it will be pretty windy tomorrow. So play smart and see what happens. “